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No parallel importation of film.

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NO PARALLEL IMPORTATION OF FILM The Federal Government confirmed today that film products will not be included in any liberalisation of the parallel importation regime.

At the International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast today, Federal Arts Minister, Peter McGauran stated that the Coalition Government has ruled out parallel importation of film products into Australia.

"The Government considers the film industry to be in a very different situation to other sectors," Mr McGauran said.

"We have no intention of taking any action to allow parallel importation of film into Australia.

"This has been in the past, and will continue to be the Government's position. It is not under reconsideration.

"If parallel importation restrictions are abolished for film products, cinemas will not have the opportunity to show films before they are available in other formats such as video and DVD. This would lead to many cinemas going out of business.

"This is especially the case in regional areas, where the local cinema is an essential part of the social fabric.

"Cinemas provide an important recreational and cultural outlet for people living in regional Australia."

Mr McGauran said that this commitment will ensure the long-term viability of Australia's cinemas.

17 August 2001